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Aretha Franklin - Yeah!!! In Person With Her Quartet (1965/2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Aretha Franklin
Title: Yeah!!! In Person With Her Quartet
Genre: R&B, Soul, Soul Jazz, Vocal Pop, Vocal Jazz, Deep Soul, Quiet Storm, Southern Soul, Black Gospel
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1965/2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:14:43
Recorded: February-April, 1965 at Columbia Studios, New York City, NY

Yeah!!! (or Aretha Franklin In Person With Her Quartet) is the eighth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, Released on May 17, 1965 by Columbia Records. Contrary to the overdubbed sounds of audience murmurs, the album was not a live album, but instead was recorded live at New York's Columbia Studios and produced by Clyde Otis. This would be Franklin's last collection of jazz recordings until the release of 1973's Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky), released during her landmark tenure at Atlantic Records. An expanded version of the album that also contains the original session tracks without audience overdubs has been released on CD in the Columbia Box Set Take A Look: Aretha Franklin Complete On Columbia.
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Aretha Franklin - Unforgettable: A Tribute To Dinah Washington (1964/2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Aretha Franklin
Title: Unforgettable: A Tribute To Dinah Washington
Genre: R&B, Soul, Soul Jazz, Vocal Pop, Vocal Jazz, Deep Soul, Quiet Storm, Southern Soul, Black Gospel
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1964/2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:40:02
Recorded: February 7–10, 1964 at Columbia Recording Studios, (New York/Hollywood)

Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington is the sixth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin. Released on February 18, 1964, by Columbia Records, The album is a tribute dedicated to the recently deceased singer Dinah Washington. The sessions were recorded in New York. A few tunes were cut with strings in order to bring out the essential ballad character of the songs (with the help of Bob Mersey's arranging); most of the tracks, though, were made with the assistance of a small and sympathetic accompanying group for which Mersey supplied minimal written guidance.
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Willie Nelson & Ray Price - San Antonio Rose (1980/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Willie Nelson & Ray Price
Title: San Antonio Rose
Genre: Country, Folk, Progressive Country, Outlaw Country, Traditional Country
Label: © Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1980/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:37:16
Recorded: CBS Recording Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, and Enactron Studios, Los Angeles, California.


One of the first in a series of duet albums with country legends that Willie Nelson undertook during a period of seemingly uncontrolled output at Columbia, this remains one of the best. Ray Price may be regarded as something of a laid-back smoothie by listeners whose ears are stuffed with wax, but the reality is that Price is one of country's most expressive vocalists as well as a man interested in kicking country tempos as well as ballads. In fact, a certain type of swing boogie beat favored in Texas is known by musicians as "the Ray Price shuffle." Nelson and Price have a relationship typical of this bearded, bandana-wearing outlaw's collaborations with many country stars of Price's era. When Nelson was struggling to survive in Nashville, he penned or co-wrote some hits for Price, including the wonderful "Night Life," which has become something of a standard not only in country music but in jazz and blues as well. The crossover between these music forms is bound to come up in the discussion of this album. It is performances such as these that interested the jazz great Miles Davis in Nelson, and it is easy to see why when one hears the relaxed phrasing and inventive approach to many of these songs. Of course it is the swinging numbers such as the album's title track that really take off, but even "Release Me" sounds fresh here. That's quite an accomplishment considering that this song was so played to death at one point that jukebox customers began to wish that the song's title had been "Don't Release Me" and that someone at the record label had followed instructions accordingly. "This Cold War With You," a haunting Floyd Tillman tune, gets a superior reading and, on the version of "Funny How Time Slips Away," there is singing that rivals in inspiration any such performance released, although the duet version Nelson recorded with Faron Young for this series comes darn close. Comparing the vocalists as they trade verses is one of the best aspects of this Nelson duet series and, in this case, the styles of the singers are perfectly matched. --AllMusic Review by Eugene Chadbourne
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Willie Nelson - The Sound In Your Mind (1976/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Willie Nelson
Title: The Sound In Your Mind
Genre: Country, Folk, Progressive Country, Outlaw Country, Traditional Country
Label: © Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1976/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:36:02
Recorded: Autumn Sound Studios, Garland, Texas


Red Headed Stranger propelled Willie Nelson to stardom, finally giving him a smash hit, yet its spare arrangements and hushed intimacy were a bit of an anomaly, both in his prior work and the albums that followed on Columbia. His second LP for the label, 1976's The Sound in Your Mind, opened up the sound of Stranger, retaining some of the low-key vibe, but fleshing out music and even picking up the tempo on occasion. In addition to that, he started delving deep into standards, not just from country artists, but the American popular songbook, pointing the way toward Stardust a few years down the road. So, in many ways, The Sound in Your Mind sets the template for the next few years of albums by Willie. Even if it set a sound in motion, the album wasn't one of his strongest. He would often better it -- and did so immediately, with the tremendous The Troublemaker -- and sometimes he did worse, but The Sound in Your Mind has a little bit of everything that would come on Columbia, both for better and worse. It's a little uneven and unfocused, not because it's so split between covers and originals, but because it meanders, sometimes drifting into overly familiar territory which elicits somewhat lazy performances ("Amazing Grace," for instance), but songs equally familiar -- "That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)," or a medley of his standards: "Funny How Time Slips Away," "Crazy," and "Night Life" -- are given subtle, inspired arrangements. The true highlights are the original "The Healing Hands of Time," revived from his RCA years and given possibly the definitive treatment here, and especially a vigorous version of Lefty Frizzell's "If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time," so good that it led to a stellar tribute record just a year later. The rest of the album is good but rather standard-issue Willie -- worth hearing and very enjoyable, but not enough to compel regular listens. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Willie Nelson - Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Willie Nelson
Title: Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin
Genre: Country, Jazz, Vocal, Progressive Country, Traditional Country, Guitar Jazz, American Popular Song
Label: © Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:36:27

Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin is an album by American singer-songwriter Willie Nelson. After being awarded the Gershwin Prize by the Library of Congress, Nelson recorded a set of pop standards written by George and Ira Gershwin. The recording of the album was produced by Buddy Cannon and Matt Rollings. It includes the duets "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off" with Cyndi Lauper and "Embraceable You" with Sheryl Crow.
To select the songs for the album, Nelson was inspired by the Frank Sinatra recordings of Gershwin songs. Meanwhile, he decided to name the album after the song "Summertime", based on his past election to name a previous hit record Stardust On January 19, Nelson a video of the title-track as a preview to the release. The album was released by Legacy Recordings on February 26, 2016.
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Willie Nelson - Half Nelson (1985) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Willie Nelson
Title: Half Nelson
Genre: Country, Folk, Progressive Country, Traditional Country
Label: © Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1985
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 36:21


This is an appropriate collection, since Nelson has recorded more duets with more fellow performers than any other country singer in history. This runs the gamut, from traditional country singers Merle Haggard and George Jones, to soulman Ray Charles, to Latin-lover Julio Iglesias, and the rock band Santana. It even has a duet with the late Hank Williams, arranged through modern studio recording technology. --AllMusic Review by Tom Roland
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Willie Nelson - Always On My Mind (1982/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Willie Nelson
Title: Always On My Mind
Genre: Country, Folk, Soft Rock, Progressive Country, Outlaw Country, Traditional Country
Label: © Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1982/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:33:24
Recorded: Moman's Recording Studio, Pedernales Studio

Whether intentionally or not, the first album after a greatest-hits collection always raises the curtain on a new era, and in Willie Nelson's case, the difference between the era recapped on 1981's Greatest Hits (& Some That Will Be) and the one started with 1982's Always on My Mind is startling. Throughout the late '70s, Nelson's freewheeling, organically eclectic music was not just the biggest thing in country, it was also some of its best, most adventurous music. Sometimes, it could fall a little flat, particularly when he kept replicating Stardust, but that was part of the charm of Nelson's unpredictability. With Always on My Mind, he teams with producer Chips Moman and embarks on a period of pernicious predictability, giving himself completely over to Moman, who moves him toward rock covers and adult contemporary pop with this record. At the time, it was a huge, huge hit -- his biggest ever, actually, spending 22 weeks at the top of the country charts, selling over four million copies, launching a platinum single with the title track (which reached number five on the pop charts), and winning the CMA's Album of the Year award. Listening to it now, all that success seems undeserved since the album not only plays as the country-pop record Willie avoided making all these years, but by consisting primarily of familiar rock covers, it also plays as pandering to the mass audience he's achieved. This is uniformly pleasant, but it's also rather straight-jacketed, hemmed in by Moman's sterile, synth-heavy productions. With "Always on My Mind" and, to a lesser extent, "Let It Be Me," it works because his production style suits the songs and Nelson sings well, but "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man," "A Whiter Shade of Pale" (complete with vocals from Waylon Jennings), and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" are all flat readings, never showing the spark in either delivery or arrangement that marks Nelson as one of popular music's great interpretive singers. Here, he sounds as he's sleepwalking and turning out product for the first time in his career (at least the early Liberty recordings were a hungry attempt at hits). It may have been a hit, but years later, it clearly sounds like one of his worst records. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Yehudi Menuhin - Yehudi! The Art of Menuhin (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Yehudi Menuhin
Title: Yehudi! The Art of Menuhin
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 03:34:49


“Now I know there is a God in heaven!”, exclaimed Albert Einstein when he heard the young Yehudi Menuhin play the violin. Not only was Menuhin an extraordinary musician, he lived through – and helped to shape – a momentous period in history. The Warner Classics catalogue contains 70 years’ worth of his recordings and this 3-CD collection, Yehudi!, provides a fascinating perspective on his achievements: Menuhin was a man of ideals who changed the world through music.
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Henryk Wieniawski - Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 - Itzhak Perlman, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Henryk Wieniawski (1835–1880)
Artist: Itzhak Perlman, LPO, Seiji Ozawa
Title: Wieniawski - Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Genre: Classical
Label: © Parlophone Records/Warner Classics
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:50:18
Recorded: Abbey Road Studios, London, 1 & 2 November 1971

Not only was Henryk Wieniawski one of the most brilliant violinists of the nineteenth century, he was also one of the first “modern” virtuosos not to limit his repertoire to his own works but to introduce audiences to music by such greats as Bach and Beethoven. Polish by birth, he was educated in Paris, studying the violin principally with Lambert Massart (Wieniawski won first prize in the violin at the age of eleven, making him the Conservatoire’s youngest-ever graduate) and composition with Hippolyte Collet. He was still only eighteen when he published his First Violin Concerto, which was a triumph at its premiere in Leipzig in 1853. He became renowned across Europe, admired for his dazzling artistry, both on the violin as a soloist and on the viola in chamber music — notably in concerts organised by the Beethoven Quartet Society while he was in London in 1859.
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Unpertregroup - More... Dedicated to Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays (2011/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Unpertregroup
Title: More... Dedicated to Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Fusion, Contemporary Jazz, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Alfa Music
Release Date: 2011/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:54:08
Recorded: Newton Recording Studios, Sciacca

The Sicilian trio Unpertregroup (Antonio Barone, guitars, Aldo Misuraca, drums and Giuseppe Raso, keyboards) has released a new CD “more…” Dedicated to Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays for the Italian label AlfaMusic (distr. Believe). After their first release (“Il canto della sirena”), the group has once again taken to the road of jazz-fusion mixed with sounds, colors and flavors of their native Sciacca in southern Sicily. This time with the valid assistence of guest artists.
The first track picks up where the previous CD left off: “Sunrise again” continues the musical thought of the final track (“Breathing..a sunset”) creating wide open spaces worthy of a Sicilian dawn.
“Coreia (tango)” combines the darkness of a tango with the jazz harmonies characteristic of the group’s compositions giving room for the soloists to stretch out.
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